Whenever they get together, Lama Tsomo and the Reverend Dr. Matthew Fox bring to the conversation their lively passion for their individual spiritual traditions, and a shared personal history as colleagues and long-time friends.
The Lotus & The Rose presents these traditions, these individuals, this friendship in a unique set of conversations that spans a decade and a range of venues and audiences. This volume includes videos of their full presentations to audiences at Stanford University, The Jung Center in Houston, and the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. Also included is a private, more casual conversation between just Lama Tsomo and Matthew, as well as two new individual interviews.
Lama Tsomo and Matthew Fox have both taken less-traveled spiritual paths, giving them each an unusual combination of expertise in their traditions along with a fresh perspective informed by their own routes and the nature and challenges of today’s world.
Lama Tsomo was born into an American Jewish household, retaining those roots as her spiritual search eventually led to her immersion in Tibetan Buddhism, culminating in her 2005 ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist lama, one of the few Americans so recognized. She has taught hundreds of students in the West and in Asia, is the author of the award- winning book Why Is The Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice.
Reverend Matthew Fox was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years and continues as an internationally recognized voice and catalyst for Mystical Christianity. He is a scholar, a reinventor of worship, an activist, the author of more than 35 books, and the force behind the Fox Institute of Spirituality and The Order of the Sacred Earth. The late historian and theologian, Thomas Berry wrote that “Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America.”